College of the Arts Montclair State University
For over 30 years, Rob Kapilow has brought the joy and wonder of music – and unraveled some of its mysteries – to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Characterized by his unique ability to create an “aha” moment for his audiences and collaborators, whatever their level of musical sophistication or naiveté; Kapilow’s work brings music into people’s lives: opening new ears to musical experiences and helping people to listen actively rather than just hear.
We hear great classical masterpieces all the time – in the concert hall, at the movies, on television, and on the radio. But what makes these masterpieces so great? Join conductor/composer/author Rob Kapilow and the Kodak String Quartet for an entertaining, enlightening evening that will take you deep inside the world of Antonin Dvorak’s string quartet masterpiece.–The American String Quartet.Buy Tickets
The acclaimed British vocal ensemble VOCES8 will work with the MSU students on vocal and ensemble techniques, communication, and listening skills including original MSU student choral compositions. Workshops will include Environmental Music Therapy, Music Education, and Entrepreneurship students. The residency will culminate in a Merkin concert with VOCES8 and MSU Singers.
Leshowitz Recital Hall
Wednesday, October 13 @ 7:30 pm FREE
Masterful Musings: “A Conversation About the Inner-workings of VOCES8”
Masterful Musings moderated by Prof. Laura Dolp. A conversation about the inner workings of VOCES8. Audience questions welcome.
Leshowitz Recital Hall
Tuesday, October 19 @ 8 pm FREE
For over 45 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually reimagine the string quartet experience. They will share their vast knowledge with MSU students focusing on the “50 for the Future” commissions in masterclasses and lectures and share the stage at Merkin Hall with a new work by Philip Glass.Buy Tickets
Internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, and educator Wynton Marsalis will work with MSU students on improvisation, composition, and instrumental techniques. Workshops will include students from Jazz Studies, Composition, Music Education, and Performance areas. Furthermore, Mr. Marsalis will be interviewed by Director Anthony Mazzocchi for the Cali School of music community and patrons.Buy Tickets
The Trevor New residency will allow participants to explore ways to incorporate interactive digital technologies into their musicianship. Through both personal and group experimentation with free and low-cost technologies, participants will be able to meaningfully explore virtual music-making, technologically-mediated composition and improvisation, and collaboration through new approaches to contemporary musicianship. Trevor’s residency will conclude with a collaborative performance at Leshowitz Recital Hall and a performance at Merkin Concert Hall.Buy Tickets
This “classical-meets-rockstar duo”, violinist Charles Yang and pianist Peter Dugan will mix things up as they interact with MSU strings and piano students in Spring 2022. Prizing versatility as the key to the future of classical music, the duo will conduct classes on improvising, functional theory, and a round table discussion on paving a career in today’s musical landscape. The residency will culminate in a Merkin Hall “Bridges” performance.Buy Tickets
Acclaimed composer, vocalist, playwright and actress, Kamala Sankaram will work with Cali School students on a variety of creative events, including both her compositions and student compositions, culminating in a performance at Merkin. Students and faculty alike are excited to learn about Kamala’s own background, influences, and creative processes in addition to handling notation in an open and improvisatory way.Buy Tickets
Roomful of Teeth is a Grammy® winning vocal band dedicated to reimagining the expressive potential of the human voice. By engaging collaboratively with artists, thinkers, and community leaders from around the world, they seek to uplift and amplify voices old and new while creating and performing meaningful and adventurous music. Founded in 2009 by Brad Wells, the band was incubated at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, Massachusetts, where they studied with some of the world’s top performers and teachers and commissioned composers who were known for breaking molds. They learned that the boundaries of the human voice are never what they seem, that rules can be bent and broken, and perhaps they should be. As the world rapidly changes they are cultivating deeper relationships with technology, continuing to expand the capabilities of the human voice, aiming to be unburdened by their physical limitations. They are excited about new collaborative projects that are focused on the stories of place, home, and community in the diverse environments the planet has provided. They explore these boundaries with passionate curiosity, contagious enthusiasm, and deep gratitude.Buy Tickets
The “leading new-music foursome” JACK Quartet has maintained an unwavering commitment to its mission of performing and commissioning new works, cultivating an ever-greater sense of openness toward contemporary classical music. During their residency, JACK will work with Cali students on new music techniques, new student compositions and give special insight into their world premieres for a Bridges Concert at Merkin on April 21st.Buy Tickets